Last week, fellow CROCT Board member Marty Larson and I made a short presentation to BikeNorthfield‘s 2nd Annual Soup & Cycles community meeting. We reviewed our club’s progress in 2015 and previewed our activities for 2015. Many CROCT members attended, as did CROCT board members Galen Murray, Curtis Ness, and Scott Koehler.
Michelle Barker is the new IMBA Upper Midwest Regional Director, replacing Hansi Johnson who resigned last summer to take a position as Director of Recreational Lands for the Minnesota Land Trust.
She met with me and fellow CROCT Board Member Marty Larson yesterday at Tandem Bagels in downtown Northfield, on her way back home to Iowa after attending the Cuyuna Lakes annual meeting on Thursday night.
MTB Project bills itself as the “next generation of mountain bike trail maps” and is in partnership with IMBA. Among their many map-related features and tools, they make it possible to embed their maps on a website. I’m the webmaster for CROCT and we now have a Sechler Park Trail page where we’ve done this.
Back in the summer of 2013, I blogged about the mountain biking-related possibilities for Northfield’s new Meadows Park. So it was pretty cool to attend the City of Northfield‘s Meadows Park community planning meeting at the Northfield Middle School on Wednesday night and have mountain biking be mentioned by the consultants (Paul Miller Design and SRF Consulting) as one of the possibilities under consideration.
Even better, there was some support for it from citizens at the small group discussions, helped along by participation from fellow Cannon River Offroad Cycling & Trails (CROCT) members Marty Larson and Scott Klein.
I’m on the Board of CROCT (Cannon River Offroad Cycling and Trails), a new IMBA chapter here in Rice County. And yesterday, we hosted our first ever group ride in Northfield’s Sechler Park during the area’s first real snowfall of the season. Nearly two dozen riders participated.
CROCT Board member Carl Arnold made this 1-minute video of some of the rides:
After a couple hours of riding, we convened for some refreshments at Fit To Be Tri’d in downtown Northfield.
See the large slideshow of 80+ photos (many low res, captured from video) or SLOW CLICK this small slideshow:
I’m part of a group of Rice County residents who’ve met twice in the past six weeks here in Northfield, working on the formation of a club called Cannon River Offroad Cycling & Trails (CROCT).
We have a: